My familiarity with construction began at a young age as my father was a contractor and I grew up in a part of Florida where development was a primary driver of the local economy. Through my construction law practice over the past decade, I have gained an appreciation of the intricacies of conflicting priorities on large construction projects, which guides me in my partnership with my clients in navigating their legal issues and questions.
Hilary Morgan, a board-certified construction lawyer by the Florida Bar, practices commercial litigation with a primary focus on construction law.
Hilary represents contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, architects, engineers, consultants, suppliers and others in all aspects of construction law. She handles issues including liens, surety bonds, contracts, delay, scheduling, insurance, construction defects, bid protests, licensing and other related issues. Hilary represents clients in litigation and arbitration, as well as outside of litigation, such as claims avoidance, contract review and drafting, resolving change order or site condition disputes and other disputes arising on-site.
At the beginning of her career, she represented surety bond companies, which gave her a working knowledge of surety bonds that she utilizes in helping her current clients.
In 2022, Hilary was recognized among Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch in Administrative/ Regulatory Law, Construction Law and Litigation – Construction. Hilary was a national finalist for the U.S. “Young Construction Professional of the Year” by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and she is a former finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal “Businesswoman of the Year”.
Prior to law school, Hilary was the communications director for a U.S. Congressman, commuting between Florida and Washington, DC.
At Vanderbilt University, she was the president of the College of Arts & Sciences Council and a member of the women’s swim team.
- OSHA Defense for the Construction Industry, co-author, 2016
- “Affiliate: Friend or Foe? How the Acquisition of an Affiliate Can Lead to Denial or Revocation of FDOT Certification,” Florida Transportation Builder Magazine, 2014
Seminars and Presentations
- National Utility Contractors Association, Presenter, Changed and Concealed Site Conditions, 2019
- American Society of Civil Engineers, Florida Convention, Presenter, Managing Subconsultants and Liability as a Consulting Engineer, 2018
- GovCon Conference, Presenter, Key Contract Provisions in Federal Contracting, 2018
- American Society of Civil Engineers, Florida Convention, Presenter, Design Professionals’ Individual Liability for Negligence, 2017
- Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association, Annual Conference, Speaker, Women Empowering Each Other in Construction, 2017
- University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., 2012, cum laude
- Vanderbilt University, B.A., 2007, cum laude
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- ABC NEXGEN Leadership Class
- NEXGEN Leadership Class, Class of 2018, Co-Chair
- NEXGEN Leadership Class of 2017, Graduate
- Metropolitan Ministries, volunteer
Areas of Practice
- Board Certified in Construction Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
- Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch - Administrative/Regulatory Law, Construction Law, and Litigation - Construction, 2021, 2022, 2023
- Florida Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2022
- Tampa Magazine, Best Construction Attorney, 2018
- U.S. Young Construction Professional of the Year, National Finalist, Associated Builders and Contractors, 2017
- Tampa Bay Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year Finalist, 2017
- Florida Trend, Legal Elite Up & Comer, 2017-2019, 2021
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- The Florida Bar, Construction Law Committee
- National Women in Roofing, General Counsel
- J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court
- Associated Builders & Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
- National Associated Builders and Contractors, Young Professionals Committee
- Suncoast Utility Contractors Association, Past Associate Director
- National Association of Women in Construction, Tampa Chapter, Past Officer
- Florida Transportation Builders Association
- Women’s Transportation Seminar
- Represented developer and affiliated general contractor entity on all legal matters related to 10-15 construction projects at a time, ranging from $20 million to $40 million each.
- Drafted contracts and legal documents for $40 million condominium construction project.
- Represented client against national homebuilder in $10 million claim in multiple year litigation.
Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law